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Feinstein Replacement: Ham Sandwich or Michelle Obama?

Feinstein Replacement: Ham Sandwich or Michelle Obama?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, and First Lady Michelle Obama. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images ;Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:16 PM

Shades of Bill and Hillary! When 2016 comes to a close, we may not have seen the end of the Obama dynasty.

When husband Barack leaves office, first lady Michelle Obama is being urged to run for a Senate seat from California, possibly to be vacated by the retirement of Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein, if she, indeed, retires, the New York Post reports.

Citing an article slated for publication in Orb Magazine, Richard Johnson of the Post's Page Six speculates that the First Couple may relocate to California after Obama's second term ends and Michelle might take a run at Feinstein's 22-year Senate seat.

The Post quotes an unnamed Orb source saying: "It’s a shoo-in. A ham sandwich could get elected on the Democratic line in California."

Well, maybe not a shoo-in. Feinstein, 81, has held her Senate seat since 1992, and the San Jose Mercury News speculates that years of pent-up Senate yearning among California politicos makes Feinstein's seat a much-desired plum.

Among those Golden State residents said to be covetously eyeing her Senate chair are Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state controller Steve Westly, and Republicans such as Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Mercury News writes.

After Bill Clinton moved out of the White House, Hillary Clinton served two terms in the Senate from New York before running for president in 2008 and serving as secretary of State in the Obama administration.

"Barack could golf year-round, and Michelle could emerge from his shadow after 20 years and retake control of her own life," a "person familiar with their thinking" told Orb, the Post reports.

"Remember, Michelle is a Harvard-educated lawyer whose career was more robust than Barack's was when they met."

The Post commented, "California is the most appealing destination for the Obamas for several reasons. Hawaii is too remote, Illinois is a cesspool of political corruption and New York is too dense with Clintons and Clinton acolytes."

In June, Michelle told Robin Roberts of ABC News that her "next act" would "not be political. Yes, no, it definitely will not be. It will be mission-based, it will be service-focused," and added she was "positive" she would not run for political office.

If the Republicans take over control of the Senate, Feinstein, who will be 85 when her term ends in 2018, is thought to be likely to retire because she would be relegated to a minority position and lose her influential slot as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

However, the Examiner notes that with "Barack Obama's popularity and approval rating falling of late, it might not be a stretch to imagine that his actions over the final two years of his term in the White House could damage Michelle's chances of a successful political career in the future." 

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Shades of Bill and Hillary! When 2016 comes to a close, we may not have seen the end of the Obama dynasty.
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